"Vote For the Worst" is a popular website that pokes fun at the reality show "American Idol." The website responsible for making Sanjaya Malakar famous is shutting down. Entertainment Weekly reported on Jan. 15, 2013, that the website's creator has made the decision to close the site for good after this season because "American Idol" has gone downhill.
The website started in 2004 and soared in popularity after Howard Stern mentioned it on his radio show. "American Idol" isn't the only show the website covers. They also follow "The Voice," "Dancing With the Stars" and "X Factor." The site posts the song spoilers and all of the behind the scenes drama about the contestants. "Vote For the Worst" will remain active until the end of "American Idol" season 12.
After the American idols perform for votes, "Vote For the Worst" picks the singer who was the worst or most hated and encourages fans to vote for them. They usually come up with a funny caricature of the chosen contestant to post along with the phone number. "Vote For the Worst" has most recently been backing "white guys with guitars," WGWG for short. They take credit for the last two "American Idol" winners, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.
The website's creator explains his decision to end the site, “They say when your critics stop talking about you, you’re finished. We’ve been American Idol’s biggest critic, but we’re leaving before we get completely bored with a show that really should’ve bowed out gracefully a few years ago.”
"American Idol" will air every Wednesday and Thursday. Season 12 will premiere Jan. 16, 2013, on FOX channel WAWS 30 in Jacksonville.